Every year I enter the Shoot & Share photo contest; it is a massive photo contest with over 400K images submitted from 160 countries. I have been entering for a handful of years and its always fascinating to see where I place, which images did or didn’t do well and how I can take the knowledge to better myself for next year.
This year I didn’t place in the finalist rounds, but I did receive top 10% 3 times, top 20% 4 times and top 30% 8 times. While this isn’t as well as I had hope to do, I am incredibly grateful getting as far as I did. Below are the images that got these honors with a little more info, so take a look! And thank you to the amazing clients who are featured in these images for allowing me to freeze time for you.
This gorgeous ring belongs to Hanah who married her wife in December of 2018 at the South Bend Conservatory
The images made it to round 11 of 12 in the wedding details category and was 871 out of 18829 images.
Leslie & Josh giving some good PDA under the veil at The Farmhouse Weddings in June 2018
This image made it to round 10 of 12 in the wedding couple category and was 946 out of 45058 images
Some details from Anne & Brents December 2018 wedding at The Back Forty
This image made it to round 10 of 12 in the wedding details category and was 1319 of 18829 images submitted.
Rachel was a repeat client, I did her boudoir in January of 2018 and she was visiting from Florida for the holidays in December when she contacted me to see if I had room for a maternity boudoir. I gladly found a spot for her and we made some magic!
This image made it to round 9 of 12 in the maternity category and was 3551 out of 26188 images
I had a family session at the conservatory and this girl was just adorable. She reminded me so much of Olivia in many way, but her ringlets on the back of her hair catching the light was perfect I just had to grab this photo of her walking away.
This image made it to round 8 of 12 in the babies/toddlers category and was 6870 out of 41321 images
This image is of Madison my babysitter for my own kids and now blessed with her own rainbow baby Melody who came earth side January 2019
This image made it to round 9 of 12 in the maternity category and was 5191 out of 26188 images
Leslie and Josh again having their first dance at the Farmhouse in June 2018
This image made it to round 8 of 12 in the wedding couple category and was 8674 out of 45058 images
Leslie again (because omg look!) rocking that train at her wedding at The Farmhouse in June 2018
This image made it to round 8 of 12 in the bride category and was 3991 out of 17868
My bestie Susie with her now husband Mike during their engagement photos at Culver Academy
This image made it to round 7 of 12 in the engagement/couples category and was 13609 out of 48578
Rachel again from her maternity boudoir in December of 2018
This image made it to round 8 of 12 in the maternity category and was 5284 out of 26188
Susie with Mike on their wedding day at Three Brothers Roundhouse
This image made it to round 7 of 12 in the wedding couples category and was 13479 out of 45058
Lerin & Hanah during the couples portraits at the South Bend Conservatory in December 2018
This image made it to round 7 of 12 in the Wedding Couples category and was 10822 out of 45058
Hanah has the best expression on her face when seeing Lerin for the first time during their first look
This image made it to round 7 of 12 in the emotion / excitement category and was 4245 out of 10613 images
A family session at the South Bend Conservatory
This image made it to round 8 of 12 in Families and was 8397 out of 41257 images
Good family friends and clients had their sweet boy join us earth side a little early, but he is now super healthy and just celebrated his first birthday!
This image made it to round 10 of 12 in the passion category and was 755 out of 3009 images